Monday, March 7, 2011
We are lucky to have a great group of homeschooling families in our area, many of whom get together every Monday at a local children's museum so that the kids can take classes and do some group learning. The classes are all taught by parents and this spring I am facilitating a Keva building class with some of the nine and ten year olds. There were only three kids in the class today, but we had a great time discussing some of the architecture and structures of ancient Egypt, and the kids recreated some of these landmarks with Keva blocks. I loved hearing them discuss their knowledge of Egyptian mythology - of mummies, tombs, and pyramids, and at one point they decided to make sure that they showed the Nile River flowing to the Mediterranean so that they could build Carthage. Carthage? Seriously, I had to look it up when I got home. I didn't 'teach' the kids how to build. We simply looked at pictures in books for a few minutes, and discussed some different Egyptian building techniques. They then created everything on their own. I was so impressed with their creativity and ability to work together and play off each other's ideas. As you check out the pictures be on the look out for the Great Sphinx, a lesser pyramid, some Egyptian temples, an obelisk, the Nile River, and an Egyptian galleon.